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    Q&A with Nonie Darwish

    Nonie Darwish talked about her life story, including growing up in Egypt and Gaza, her father’s death at the hands of the Israelis, life under Sharia law, why she chose to break with Islam, and the consequences of her choice. She also spoke about her views on Islam and Muslims following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and U.S. relationships with Muslim countries ruled by Sharia law and their role in the war on terror.

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    Q&A with Tavis Smiley

    Tavis Smiley talked about his book, Death of a King: the Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Final Year, about the final year of the civil rights leader’s life.

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    2014 Election Night Coverage

    C-SPAN’s 2014 election night coverage included election results, candidate victory and concession speeches, and viewer reactions. Roll Call editor-in-chief Christina Bellantoni and Washington Post staff writer Reid Wilson spoke from their newsrooms on the balance of power and politics in Congress.

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    Q&A with Harold Holzer

    Harold Holzer talked about his book, Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion, in which he examines Abraham Lincoln’s relationships with the press. He talked about Lincoln’s strong-armed tactics with newspaper owners, using their power to steer issues such as slavery, union, and his own political career. He also talked about Lincoln’s authorization of some of the most widespread censorship in the nation’s history, as he closed down “disloyal” papers, jailed their editors, and took over the nation’s use of the telegraph.

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    Q&A with Rory Kennedy

    Documentary filmmaker Rory Kennedy talked about her movie Last Days in Vietnam., which looks at the final chaotic days of the Vietnam War and the massive evacuation of U.S. personnel and South Vietnamese in April of 1975. The film tells the stories of individual Americans and South Vietnamese who took matters into their own hands to execute the evacuation and save as many South Vietnamese as possible. Ms. Kennedy also talks about her career as a filmmaker and her family’s history. 

    Rory Kennedy is the 11th and youngest child of Ethel and Robert Kennedy.

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    Reagan Campaign Address for Goldwater

    Mr. Reagan spoke in support of Senator Barry Goldwater’s 1964 presidential campaign. In the speech he called “A Time for Choosing” he focused on the importance of a strong defense against Communism and the need to create peace in the world. He said that a government could not control the economy without coercing people. He also talked about the high tax burden of Americans and the increasing national debt. Mr. Reagan was chairman of California Republicans for Goldwater. Mr. Reagan changed his political affiliation from Democrat to Republican in 1962 and this televised speech shortly before the November 1964 election was his first major foray into national electoral politics and launched his political career.

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    Newsmakers with Rob Engstrom

    Rob Engstrom talked about the role of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in the 2014 midterm elections. The Wall Street Journal said that the Chamber was the nonprofit group that had spent the most for the 2014 election; $30 million as of late September 2014. The Chamber had supported only Republican candidates for election, and in the primaries supported establishment candidates against tea party supporters. Its issue positions had included support for immigration reform, repeal of the Affordable Care Act, development of the Keystone XL Pipeline, and opposition to a minimum wage increase. After the interview, the reporters discussed his responses with the host.

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    Q&A with Richard Norton Smith

    Richard Norton Smith talked about his book, On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller, in which he chronicles the life and legacy of America’s 41st Vice President. Mr. Smith talked about Vice President Rockefeller’s early years, his first marriage, his children, his waxing and waning influence on the Republican Party over the years, and his time and efforts as governor of New York State. He also talks about Vice President Rockefeller’s second marriage to Happy Rockefeller, the murky circumstances around his death, and his legacy. Vice President Rockefeller was nominated by Gerald Ford in August 1974 and approved by Congress in December of that year.

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    Q&A with Bob Timberg

    Bob Timberg talked about his book, Blue Eyed Boy, in which he recounts his experiences in Vietnam and subsequent career in journalism. In 1967, Mr. Timberg was a Marine just 13 days away from coming home from Vietnam when his vehicle struck a North Vietnamese landmine and his life changed forever. He suffered third degree burns over much of his face and body. In the interview, he talks about the impact of the experience on his life, the 35 surgeries he had, his thoughts on the war, and how he physically and emotionally rebuilt himself and his career following this accident.

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    Newsmakers with Ty Matsdorf

    Ty Matsdorf talked about the Senate Majority PAC’s (political action committee) efforts to protect the Democratic majority in the Senate. The PAC, which is close to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), had already spent over $35 million on the 2014 midterm elections. Mr. Matsdorf talked about the midterm elections, PACs, and how the Senate Majority PAC was spending its money. After the interview the reporters discussed his responses with the host.